Saturday, August 25, 2007

No Excuses by Robert Shrum

If you are a daily diehard fan of Hardball with Chris Matthews, Tucker with Tucker Carlson and Countdown with Keith Olbermann or a devout political junkie then.....

You might enjoy No Excuses: Concessions of a Serial Campaigner (I love the sub-title) about Shrum's experiences running Presidential and other campaigns for Democratic candidates. Shrum had some Presidential campaign role dating back to George McGovern's run in 1972.

There are plenty of anecdotes about Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Al Gore.

Shrum saves his praise for Senator Edward Kennedy and Senator John Kerry. Kennedy haters may be surprised about the Senator's decency and genuine interest in helping people, even at the expense of his political ambitions. Senator Kerry is also portrayed as an honorable man of integrity and intelligence. Someone who was very qualified and should have been elected President in 2004...

Shrum probably knows a lot more dirt than he writes about in this book. Shrum worked with John Edwards and seems to have mixed feelings about the North Carolina senator.

The book is very long (500 pages) and unless you are a total political junkie, may have a tough time slogging through all of it.

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